SIGNIFICANT FLOOR ACTIONS

H.B. 806 (Gallego), requiring that health benefit plans provide coverage for prosthetics. Passed the House.

S.B. 39 (Zaffirini), requiring health benefit plans to cover certain expenses related to clinical trials. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 257 (Estes), relating to the sale or delivery of salvia divinorum to a child. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 461 (Gallegos), relating to eligibility to take a firefighter entrance exam in a civil service (Chapter 143) city. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 638 (Nichols), relating to the collateralization of public funds. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 769 (Williams), relating to the recovery by an electric utility of certain expenses relating to weather-related events or natural disasters. Passed the House.

S.B. 872 (Lucio), relating to health benefits for certain survivors of peace officers or firefighters killed in the line of duty. Passed the Senate. As passed, this bill provides that when a surviving spouse obtains health coverage from the entity for which the deceased peace officer or firefighter had worked, the spouse “may not be required to pay a premium amount for the coverage that is greater than the premium amount that a current employee of the employing entity without a spouse is required to pay to cover the employee alone or to cover the employee and the employee’s dependent children, as applicable to the eligible survivor.” This would mean that if the city pays the premiums for active employees, the surviving spouse would pay nothing for his/her coverage. Under the bill, the surviving spouse would be eligible for this benefit until he/she is eligible for Medicare. The city would incur costs in these relatively rare instances.

S.B. 1003 (Deuell), requiring that any city that contracts with a federal-level government relations consultant shall report that fact to the Office of State-Federal Relations. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 1354 (Jackson), relating to the licensing and regulation of plumbers. Passed the Senate. As passed, this bill would: (1) allow plumbing by someone who is not a licensed plumber in a city of less than 5,000 in a county of less than 50,000 if the city or county has authorized non-licensed plumbing; and (2) provide that a plumber who is required to have a local permit need not pay a local fee. The bill no longer provides that a city must use the Internet to verify that a plumbing contractor has insurance.

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